News & Interviews

Over 400 Interviews, Articles and Stories! Over 350 authors! 5 Newsletters!

Newsletters for industry, consumers, social media influencers and educators cover many aspects of play and

the interesting stories behind the playthings we love! 

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Business of Play News

Industry News - interviews, news, information about get-togethers we're hosting and more.

Importance of Play News

For consumers and anyone interested in toys and games and 

meeting the people behind the the products.


Legends and Legacies Profiles

There are many great stories and then there are those which are EPIC! 

ChiTAG White Papers

Interested in getting into the toy and game industry?

Our Inventor & Innovation Conferences Experts weigh in on industry topics. 

Ali's Razor Hot!

I suppose at least two pieces of advice can be derived from this: 1. If you have an idea that you are trying to shop around, prioritize your

Phil Wrzesinski's Super Power

Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry? I got my start in the toy industry riding on the Toy House float in the Jackson, MI Rose Parade at age 3. My first paying gig was when my grandfather paid me ten cents an hour in 1973 to put price tags on boxes at Toy House at the age of seven. Hey, that bought a lot of Bazooka Bubblegum back then. I started on the sales floor the day after my fourteenth birthday with work permit in hand. It was 1980, the year of the Simon game. My job that Christmas was to show off the handheld electronic games to customers. Could a teenage boy have more of a dream job than that? My full-time journey began April 30, 1993 when my dad hired me for a lot

Frances Cain on Oreos and More

Why dolls ? I have always been obsessed with family history. On my mother's side, my grandparent’s immigrated from Sicily to Chicago in the early 1920s (conclude from that what you will!) and on my fathers side, one of my ancestors' was a signatory on the Mayflower Compact, and wrote the only existing account of the First Thanksgiving. So family history, for me, has always been the world's most fascinating subject. What better way to bring that to life for children than through dolls? So I created A Girl for All Time®, which is a series of dolls and novels that bring the past to life by showing the lives of girls in the fictional Marchmont family through 500 years of intrigue and adventur

Ishkabibbles - Just for Fun!  

Play in Education News

For educators, librarians, homeschooling families and parents

who are interested in using play to aid learning.

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